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Rare 'corpse flower' in bloom at Fullerton Arboretum

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The "corpse flower" in bloom at the Fullerton Arboretum Nature Center. When it blooms, it emits a unique stench.
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The "corpse flower" while closed at the Fullerton Arboretum Nature Center.
Courtesy of the Fullerton Arboretum via Facebook


Here comes the smell.

Wildflowers have been blooming all around Southern California this year. But as of Monday, the Fullerton Arboretum's Nature Center's infamous "corpse flower" has blossomed, causing it to emit an odor that's been described to be similar to that of rotting flesh. 

Amorphophallus titanum, better known as the "corpse flower," emits a decaying flesh smell during its once-a-decade bloom. The smell attracts insects, which help pollinate the plant. 

This particular flower hasn't opened up since it was planted in 2007.

Once it opens up, the process lasts between 24 and 48 hours, according to a video posted by a visitor to the nature center, making the bloom an even more uncommon occurrence.

Even though the plant reeked, visitors weren't deterred from getting up close and personal with the rare plant.

The flower is native to the small Indonesian island of Sumatra.

Anybody who dares to get up close and personal for a whiff of its stench can visit the arboretum between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. until the flower falls over.